Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) is a discipline which works as the interface between primary care, substance abuse and mental health care in a blended, integrated care model. The PCMHI SUD SW has primary responsibility for planning, development and treatment of substance use disorders and general mental health for Veterans. Acts as a resource to other staff on addiction issues and general mental health providing outreach and education to at-large Veteran population and public. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). Education. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master's of social work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Preferred Experience: 1 year of community or field work experience GRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management.(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.(c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes.(d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.(e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Functions as a treatment advocate and guide, consultant, counselor and educator while providing integrated health care to Veterans in outpatient care in Primary care and Behavioral Health Services. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems often at a time when the Veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution focused counseling with Veterans and/or their families. Completes thorough assessments to determine the presenting problem, in-home factors impacting the problem, and obstacles to treatment and/or follow through with recommended treatments. Case management with members of the PCMHI team and the Veterans PACT, PCP, or BHS team is provided in order to coordinate a collaborative effort to meet the agreed upon goals for a Veteran's treatment needs and include liaison with community professionals regarding needed services for Veterans and/or their families. Supports Veteran's access to SUD behavioral health services by facilitating treatment in the most therapeutic milieu possible. Coordinates consult management that ensures appropriate service options are offered, as well as the prevention of Veterans being lost to services when referred for specialty behavioral health services. Serves as the point of contact for patients being referred to PCMHI and will triage and forward to the appropriate service. Also serves as point of contact for patients returning to SUD-PCMHI if it is determined that BHS care is no longer necessary. - Independently works with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide rage of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and psychosocial problems - independently completes thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. - Actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of treatment goals and interventions. - Facilitates action for community placements through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate community placements are completed in a timely manner. Community placements can involve but are not limited to referrals to contract residential treatment facilities, IOP, PHP and individual SUD therapy. - Serves as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA staff members and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. - Provides consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs and advance directives. Provides follow-up of patient progress and treatment adherence with assessments and communication with their primary care team. - Appropriately utilizes principles of human growth and development over the life span and will be able to assist Veterans in coping with the loss and grief experiences from disability and terminal illness. - Provides patient education in areas such as depression, anxiety and substance misuse to patient with an emphasis on health promotion and functional restoration. The social worker will enter all Veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. This information will be entered in a complete, confidential and professional manner to ensure information on the resident is shared with other VA staff. This information will be reviewed on a regular basis. The social worker will attend all appropriate staff meetings (i.e., team meetings Social Work Staff Meeting, Social Work Supervision Meetings, BHS monthly staff meeting, committee meetings, workgroups as appropriate) and perform other duties as required. The Social Worker will collaborate in the performance improvement process and comply with performance measures as required by the VA for their specific population and/or program. The Social Worker will participate in activities that obtain feedback from Veterans/families and work to enhance services as needed. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: May be available based on the needs of the service. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.